The Friendship List

The Friendship List

A Novel

Book - 2020
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Best friends Unity and Ellen are in serious ruts. High school teacher Ellen, whose son's dream of going out of state for college is arousing financial anxiety, hasn't dated since she became pregnant on the night of her junior prom. Unity, a successful handyman, is grieving after her soldier husband was killed three years ago. Each woman goads the other to venture out of her restrictive comfort zone, daring the other to take on a list of challenges, ranging from singing karaoke to wearing sexy clothes, skydiving, getting a tattoo, and having sex. Summer brings big changes. Ellen accompanies her son, a dozen other high school athletes, and her good friend Coach Keith on a bus tour of Pacific coast universities. Unity, who works at a senior living community, is speechless when a septuagenarian friend tries to set her up with her great-nephew, but then she thinks about her bet with Ellen.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HQN ©2020.
ISBN: 9781335136961
Characteristics: 369 pages ;,24 cm.

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phyllis94941
Oct 14, 2020

This was just OK. I knew where it was going about a quarter of the way through, and that predictability made it boring. I was determined to finish just in case the author decided to get creative. But no - the irritating characters ended up with unbelievable "happily ever after" lives. Yes, it's chick-lit, but flat, uninspired chick-lit.

Two 34-year-old best friends challenge each other to improve themselves and revamp their apparently empty lives. One is an unmarried single mom, the other a widow - both are rescued by hunky (author's term) guys who are amazing sex partners for their respective new girlfriends. Regardless of the author's attempts, the book's message seems to be if the sex is good, life is good. And marriage will solve all problems.

The novel's premise sounded entertaining, but this was not a fun read. It contained annoying and immature characters, unrealistic behavior, and two gratuitous recipes at the end. I can't recommend this book.

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Patricia_T
Sep 11, 2020

Another great story from this author with real life situations, friendships, relationships past and present for adults and teens.

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